GORE IN THE STORE
SHORT SHARP SHOCKS WITH ARROW
AN ANGRY TEDDY WITH A GHASTLY PLAN… an animated armchair sick to death of its owners slobbish ways… a ghoulish girlfriend's horrible plot to remodel her man… a lock down wife with a very dark secret buried in the garden… a burglar spooked by a ghostly face in the window… all these and more feature in ARROW Shorts premiering on ARROW, showcasing the very best new film talents delivering a bite-sized nugget of thrills and kills.
Last June, Arrow Video launched a Horror Lockdown Short Film Competition asking budding auteurs to submit Covid-era horror shorts. With over 150 outstanding entries, the submissions were whittled down to the Best Ten and judged by cult directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (SYNCHRONIC, THE ENDLESS), who said the films are “better than they have any right to be”.
Now you can see all Short film finalists on ARROW at www.ARROW-Player.com. The chillers, delving into oft-charted and bizarre worlds, are resourceful, timely, slick, scary and socially distanced. Here's a selection of what to expect…
WHEN TOYS ATTACK!- A foul mouthed teddy bear with ideas above his station? No, we’re not talking about the Mark Wahlberg comedy Ted, but the overall winner of the Horror Lockdown Shorts contest, TOYS, directed by James Cookson - a brilliantly bleak look at what a nihilistic teddy bear has in store when he decides the world adults have created must be destroyed. It’s a reverse Toy Story, that’ll have parents reaching for a bin bag and heading to the recycling centre.
A MINI MIDSOMMAR - The strikingly eerie THE WEDDING RITUAL sees a woman in the woods, in a wedding dress, tied to a tree. We’re guessing this isn’t the happiest day of her life after all. Sheet covered figures approach, presumably not for the group photograph. Simple, elegantly staged, and fitting into the mould of ‘folk horror’ in miniature, The Wedding Ritual features a final reveal that will haunt you for nights.
THE ULTIMATE MAKEOVER - The marvellously macabre and unexpected body horror UNTOONED starts off like an innocent vlog as a young woman recounts her love of the cartoon character Tommy. Sounds harmless enough… except, well, the last ten seconds of this one minute short will send you reeling. Director Ken Cohen has made over 20 short films, including the acclaimed animation Her Lips Are Mine (2019), and the award winning Skin Baby (2018), about a tattoo that comes to life.
ARROW Shorts are available to watch now on ARROW.
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